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Electrolysis vs. Laser

Let's face it, hair is stubborn and inconvenient depending on the area it grows from. Many hours are lost to removing it for the short term. Electrolysis and Laser can be a solution. Before deciding on which one is right for you, here are some things you should know.

What is Laser

Laser hair removal uses mild radiation via high-heat light. The purpose is to damage hair follicles enough to significantly slow down hair growth. Although the effects last longer than home hair removal methods, such as waxing or shaving, laser therapy doesn’t create permanent results. You’ll have to receive multiple treatments for long-term hair removal.

What is Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a permanent type of hair removal technique that is done by an electrologist. It also disrupts hair growth. The process works by inserting an epilator or probe into the follicle, which is the natural opening in your skin that hair stems from. It uses galvanic current or shortwave radio frequencies in the hair follicle to stop hair from growing again. This damages your hair follicles to prevent growth. However, you may need multiple follow-up appointments for the best results.

Unlike Laser, Electrolysis is backed by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) as a permanent hair removal solution.


Laser hair removal works well for reducing large areas of darker, coarser hair on fairer skin types, at a faster rate. Under those circumstances you may see results in just a handful of sessions.

Electrolysis is extremely versatile. It can treat all hair types and on all skin types. In addition it may be used anywhere on the body excluding the ear canal and nose canal.


Both Laser and Electrolysis costs depend on multiple factors.

Laser hair removal is considered an optional cosmetic procedure, so it isn’t covered by insurance. The overall cost varies based on how many sessions you need. You can also talk to your dermatologist about a payment plan. Although at-home laser hair treatment might be appealing in terms of cost, it’s not proven to be safe or effective.

Like laser hair removal, electrolysis isn’t covered by insurance. The amount you pay depends on the size of the area being treated and the number of follow-ups required. Electrolysis costs less per visit, but you may end up having more sessions than with laser therapy. At-home epilators are available for sale, but these aren’t as effective as professional devices. Plus, these machines aren’t regulated by the FDA for safety.

Side Effects

Occasionally you may experience redness after your Electrolysis treatment, but this will only last for a short amount of time.

On the other hand, you may have redness and skin irritation shortly after a Laser session. In some instances you may experience blisters, inflammation, and pigmentation changes. Usually lighter spots on darker skin types due to Laser treatments.

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